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W. D. HOWELLS IN HIS LIBRARY (PHOTOGRAVURE)
HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
THE TOWER OF LONDON
THE GUINEA-PIG MAN
ST. MARTIN'S CHURCH, CANTERBURY
BRITISH CAMP, SHOWING ROMAN INTRENCHMENTS
CIVIC AND SOCIAL COMPARISONS, MOSTLY ODIOUS
THE DUN YEAR'S BRILLIANT FLOWER
THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE STREETS
CERTAIN TRAITS OF THE LONDON SPRINGTIME
SOME VOLUNTARY AND INVOLUNTARY SIGHT-SEEING
GLIMPSES OF THE LOWLY AND THE LOWLIER
TWICE-SEEN SIGHTS AND HALF-FANCIED FACTS
AN AFTERNOON AT HAMPTON COURT.
A SUNDAY MORNING IN THE COUNTRY
XVI. AMERICAN ORIGINS-MOSTLY NORTHERN
XVII. AMERICAN ORIGINS-MOSTLY SOUTHERN .
XVIII. ASPECTS AND INTIMATIONS
I. THE LANDING OF A PILGRIM AT PLYMOUTH.
AFTERNOONS IN WELLS AND BRISTOL
BY WAY OF SOUTHAMPTON TO LONDON
VII. IN FOLKESTONE OUT OF SEASON.
VIII. KENTISH NEIGHBORHOODS, INCLUDING CANTERBURY
SHREWSBURY BY WAY OF WORCESTER AND HEREFORD
THE two books united in this volume are in one respect the slight result of an indefinitely larger intention. In going to England I had fancied making a study of American origins, visiting the places from which the different immigrations had derived, and learning to know these on their own ground in the earlier reasons as well as the later impulses of selfexile. But I found that the scheme, if faithfully carried out, would require much more time and work than I was able or willing to give; and so the plan remains. for some more leisured and more lettered student. I satisfied an easy conscience by suggestively, rather than exhaustively, looking up the sources of American emigration in London and in Old Boston, and for the rest I abandoned myself to the pleasure of being in England, which I was willing to share, so far as I could, with any reader willing to loiter and linger with me there.
The sketches began to be written at London in the spring of 1904, as the first of them frankly confesses, in a lodging of Eton Terrace, hard by Pimlico, and continued, at such moments as I could find for them, at divers points in England, throughout the summer and in the winter of 1904-05 in Italy. I remember distinctly working on them in Great Malvern, where we had a fortnight; and in Aberystwyth, where we had a week; and in Llandudno, where we had two. But the greater part of London Films and some part of Certain